FUPRE honours Nwoko
Foremost lawyer and philanthropist, Ned Nwoko will on Saturday receive a special recognition as Nigeria’s foremost academic institution, Federal University of Petroleum (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State, confers an honorary degree on him. Nwoko is set to receive the prestigious honour with some eminent Nigerians for his outstanding contributions to social progress and human capital development.
A nomination letter dated April 15, 2019 signed by the institution’s vice chancellor, Prof Akii Ibhobode said Nwoko was chosen for his pedigree of philanthropy, service and integrity. Prof Ibhodode said the university was convinced that the prince had evolved enduring legacies that would inspire the new generation to pursue their goals for the greatness of society.
Nwoko, a prince of Idumuje- Ugboko kingdom in Aniocha North local government area of Delta State is reputed for public charities through multi- million scholarships to students in secondary and tertiary schools as well as empowerment scheme to thousands of people in the informal sector.He is the facilitator of the proposed Stars University, Idumuje Ugboko, the first Sports institution in sub Saharan Africa.
A credible politician, Nwoko was recently declared senator-elect for Delta North senatorial district by a federal high court Abuja, which ruled that he was the winner of the October 2, 2018 primary election for the National Assembly.Nwoko, initiator of the famous Paris club loan refunds, which ended Nigeria’s recession, was a former member of House of Representatives for Aniocha/Oshimili federal constituency from 1999- 2003.The FUPRE award is the second of such outstanding honour for Nwoko having received Doctor of letters D.Litt. from the Commonwealth University Belize, North America in 1995.